Wow, I'm actually doing it - losing weight! It feels so great! I'm back to where I was in September, nine months and 20 pounds ago! Twenty to go! I'm on it!
What am I doing? Learning! Everything we have learned about losing weight (calories in vs. calories out; eat less and move more) is totally wrong! Yes, I'm doing those things, again, but the missing piece is the timing of those meals. It is called intermittent fasting. No, it is not about starving.
Fasting does for your body what sleeping does - it gives it time to rest and reset. To learn more, check out Dr. Jason Fung - website, facebook, youtube, etc. He has endless studies based on science that proves it. It is all about the hormones.
The food I'm eating is healthy! I am eating fewer carbs in the way of processed food (cutting out bread, sugar, etc.) and no more snacking. When I'm done dinner, I'm done! Breakfast is NOT the most important meal of the day. That time is now spent going for a walk and stretching out that fasting window. That hunger wave in the morning goes away if you wait it out and stay busy. It works! Now when I feel hungry, I think, my body is now consuming body fat for energy, and it is! For food, think Mediterranean, Paleo, Low Carb/High Fat, Keto, and the like. Our processed foods are killing us with disease. Stop now! I tried this to avoid getting diabetes which runs in my family. Weight control is a big piece of that.
So, I'm tracking foods with SparkPeople and looking at the summary. My carbs were at a 36% daily average in the first month. It fluctuates daily, of course. Dr. Fung also recommends Feast, then Fast. Live a normal life, socialize and feed your body healthy food, not processed food. Don't eat six times a day! The Food Pyramid (Canada Food Guide) is wrong. We have been misguided by the experts. Just look at the evidence and you will see for yourself. No, I am not living on bacon; in fact I have not even had it once. I have eaten pizza on one day, birthday cake on another and even wine on another. This is real life eating, but not every day! You don't have to fast every day either. An eating window of 8 hours is more than enough to get your nutrition in a day. Start there. I did. (16/8) It is almost hard to get in the 1200 calories during the two meals as it seems like too much food at those sittings. No lie! Carbs are addictive and make you want to eat more. I don't have those cravings at all now.
I am also walking the 10,000 steps daily and upping my water intake to the 8 glasses and sometimes a bit more because it makes me feel full. Mix it up and keep it interesting.
This is my journey and may or may not be right for anyone else. The research evidence has me convinced. The more I read, watch and listen to (audiobooks) the more I believe it. The benefits go well beyond weight loss. Just thought I'd share. There is a Dr. Jason Fung SP group as well. See you there?
Check back in July to see how I'm doing!